Rugby union - Praise for retiring injured Wallaby McCabe

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Rugby union - Praise for retiring injured Wallaby McCabe
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(FILES) A file photo taken on June 13, 2014, shows Australian Wallbies player Pat McCabe attending the captains run in the lead up to the second test between the Australian Wallabies and France in Melbourne. Wallaby back Pat McCabe has retired from rugby after fracturing his neck for a third time, his ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said on August 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Mal FAIRCLOUGH IMAGE STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (AFP Photo/MAL FAIRCLOUGH)

- Australian rugby Thursday paid tribute to Wallaby Pat McCabe who has announced his retirement after fracturing his neck for a third time.

McCabe, 26, suffered a third break to his C1 vertebrae while playing for the Wallabies in their 51-20 Bledisloe Cup loss to the All Blacks in Auckland last weekend.

"These are always difficult moments, but Pat has made the right decision," Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said.

"He is one of the smartest and most dedicated individuals I have had the pleasure of coaching and, irrespective of what avenue he chooses to go down, I have no doubt he will be a success."

Brumbies coach and former Wallaby Stephen Larkham praised McCabe's courage.

"You want players like Patty, you want everyone of your team members to be a bit like Patty," Larkham said.

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